Saturday, November 14th
Ulster SFC Semi Final
Donegal v Armag, Kingspan Brefney Park, 1.15pm
Sunday, November 15th
Connach SFC Final
Galway v Mayo, Pierce Stadium, 1.30pm
Leinster SFC Semi Finals
Meath v Kildare, Croc Park, 1 p.m.
Dublin v. Laois, Croke Park, 3.30pm
Ulster SFC Semi Final
Cavan Widen, Athletic Grounds, 1.30pm
Live coverage of Sunday’s Conach SFC Final between RTE 2 and RTE Player, Galway and Mayo will begin at 1 p.m.
There will also be live coverage of the Leinster SFC semi-finals on RTE News, with Dublin v Lavois starting at 3.30pm with Meath v Kildare throwing at 1pm.
On Saturday, the Ulster SFC final meeting between Donegal and Armag will air on Sky Sports Mix (throw-in at 1.15pm). On Sunday, live coverage of Kavan’s meeting with Dunn at the Athletic Round will be available on BBC NII (1.30pm throw-in).
Commentary and live updates from all over the weekend on Saturday Sport and Sunday Sport on RT Radio 1.
RTോഗ News Now app and video highlights on social media and live blogs on the five championship games on RTÉ.ie
Saturday: The rain will continue to erupt, with a steady and heavy afternoon. Sunny mantras and scattered rain will follow as the afternoon rains clear. The highest temperature is 12 or 13 degrees.
Sunday: Widespread rain and some prolonged rain with the risk of hail and isolated thunderstorms. Although there are good sunny spells. High temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees to moderate the south wind
And more met.ie.
Return to tradition to the west
It’s hard to give credit for their consistency over the past decade, but this is the first time in five years that Mayo Conach has reached the final.
We have four consecutive years of Galway-Roscommon decisions, two each.
In the four-year special, Mayo reached two All-Ireland finals and another All-Ireland semifinal. They only failed to make it through the backdoor in the 2018 Newbridge or Nover Saga.
Between 2016 and 2018, Mayo engaged in an unfortunate habit of losing to Galway, but James Horan is now back. Balintubberman has won all four championship encounters against Galway.
Their Hallers’ journey to the All-Ireland semi-finals will be somewhat reminiscent of this stage of Galway.
An outbreak of a corona virus in the Sligo ranks gave Galway a chance to overcome Division 4 opposition under any circumstances and get a walkover to a provincial final.
It is highly doubtful whether this is useful. Of course, there are no banana skins to avoid, and although the Hallers were famous for their ability to recapture an ‘ambush’ in the 80s, this is not a perfectly suitable preparation.
Mayo scored a completely irrelevant score in the first half and created an unpleasant echo of Salt 2013 for Galway fans.
Galway was the form team in the country in the spring, and going to that game in Tuam was a lot of fun but it still caused some unrest. The West had a great performance against the Dubs, Paul Conroy had a great performance in the middle three, and the six-point margin was a tough reflection.
Patrick Joyce lacks his totemic full forward Damien Gomer, but is strengthened by the return of Shane Walsh. 2018 All-Star Corner forward Ian Burke has also recovered from a leg injury.
Mayo, who has been widely written off as a force to be reckoned with since last year, has been given a new lease of life, thanks to the emergence of new players on the raft and the strong form of some old players.
Tommy Conroy, Ozin Mullin, and Ryan O’Donoghue all impressed the old crop, especially the O’Connor brothers, against Roscomon.
While the Cork-Tipperary winners await in the All-Ireland semifinals, the big two of Conach will see this as an important opportunity.
Leinster does on trend
The Leinster SFC, which has been the biggest single argument for abandoning the provincial championships for many years, is in the final four stages to the sound of the best voices from the neutrals.
There is little interest in Meath-Kildare.
The two teams have matched relatively equally over the past decade, but this is not something to be proud of.
Kildare won the 2017 Leinster semi-finals on a beautiful scoreline of 2-16 to 0-13 in the heat of Thullamore.
After the resumption, the two looked decent. Meath lost by a whopping four points at Parnell Park before scoring the only point of the Division 1 campaign against Monaghan. They started beating the tar from a Wicklow organization that had won the previous three matches. The U20 from Nober in Jordan Morris filled his boot, 3-04.
Kildare won all three games, defeating Cavan and Westmeath. Their level of success against Ofali was very low, but perhaps John Magugan and team could give it some credit. Darag Kirwan emerged as the brightest spark in the forwards, scoring five points and one mark.
Jack O’Connor made a change from the offline game, replacing Byrne Fergal Conway halfway forward.
This is hard to call.
It’s not hard to call the other semi-final.
Laois have had a curious amount of years, dropping to Division 3 and leaving Leinster quarter-finals to Longford, every time it comes out of the fire.
Goalkeeper Niall Corbett made two excellent saves while on the rack at Longford, while Gary Walsh was a Trojan man throughout the year, scoring big scores in decisive games at Brewster Park and Glenn Brothers Pierce Park.
Ross Munnelli, who turns 38 next month, is set to finish second with a mark.
The biggest possibility is that their participation in the Laois victory championship will last an extra week.
Relative newcomer Sean Bugler clipped above 0-02, beating the Dubs and Westmeet winners by 11 points, which may be below the expected margin.
Ulster’s Bear Pit
We have already noticed the trials and tribulations that Galway endured – that is, he did not get any championship game before the Connach final.
As Malachi Clerk hurried to remind us of this week’s RTÉ GAA podcast, those above Ulster will not break the Stradivarius.
The lookout championship is on the far north side. For example, Kavan defeated Monaghan and Antrim, they are still in the semi-finals and I have heard from one of their supporters (usually I’m not sure) on the ‘easy way out of the lottery’.
Mickey Abraham’s own face at the Athletic Ground trying to reach the second Ulster final in a row. Fermanagh finished second in the quarterfinals, and this result will have to be seen in the context of Fermanagh’s Covd-19 related woes.
For Paddy Tally, Barry O’Hagan scored four points. Colonel Mooney’s lightning speed caused the problem.
Kavanagh’s dramatic overtime victory against Monaghan brought joy to the country (keeping a social distance). Their quarter-final win over Antrim was considered comparatively hardworking and uninteresting.
While the recent championship form suggests Kavanagh is a favorite, Tomas Ó S രണ്ട് is a bit of a surprise as the two transfer points in the league this winter (although Domon was lucky).
The other semi-final is undoubtedly higher. Both teams will live in Division 1 in 2021. Under Kieran McGinney, Armag has made increasing (and very large) progress, but they have an active forward division with Rory Grugan, Ryan O’Neill and Jamie Clark.
They may be the upcoming team – coming a long way – Donegal has arrived. Declan Boner’s side had already considered the biggest hurdle in keeping Ulster behind when they beat Tyrone, and they were clearly favorites on Saturday.
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